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Legal Weed Is Hurting the Beer Business

In states where marijuana has been legalized for recreational purposes, an unexpected fallout has been a reduction in beer sales, Money reports. Both commercial and craft beers have taken a hit, especially in the 18- to 25-year-old age group.

Whether you support legalization of marijuana or not (and I do for medicinal purposes) the sad truth is that recent statistics show that too many Americans are drinking alcohol in any form in excessive amounts. Alcohol-related deaths reached a 35-year high in 2014 — a 37 percent increase since 2002. These numbers do not include deaths from alcohol-related homicides, drunk driving or other accidents.

With the holiday season upcoming, this is a good time to remember that if you do imbibe, to do it in moderation (the latest Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee suggests "moderate consumption of alcohol [is a component] of a beneficial dietary pattern in most studies.")

When it comes to alcohol, I generally define "moderate" intake (which is allowed in the beginner phase of my nutrition plan) as a 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce beer or 1 ounce of hard liquor, with a meal, per day.

If you’re planning on a few more drinks, you can “pre-tox” your body with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), which is known to help increase glutathione and reduce the acetaldehyde toxicity that causes many hangover symptoms. Take NAC (at least 200 milligrams) 30 minutes before you drink to help lessen the alcohol's toxic effects.

B vitamins, milk thistle, vitamin C and magnesium also are nutrients depleted by alcohol that many need replenishing with a supplement.
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